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Two BSP leaders in trouble

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, April 02, 2013
First Published: 12:31 IST(2/4/2013) | Last Updated: 12:37 IST(2/4/2013)

Two senior Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leaders have landed in trouble. While the government on the recommendation of lokayukta justice (retd) NK Mehrotra on Monday ordered a vigilance inquiry against state BSP chief Ramachal Rajbhar in disproportionate assets case, Gonda police registered an FIR against zonal coordinator and party MP Jugal Kishore for his utterances against chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.

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Rajbhar is ninth minister of the previous Mayawati government against whom a vigilance probe has been ordered.

In connection with the FIR against Jugal Kishore, IG (law and order) RK Vishwakarma told the journalists that Gonda police had registered a case on the complaint of Samajwadi Party city president Abhay Kumar Shrivastav. He said investigation had begun in this connection.

Kishore, while addressing his party workers at a conference in Gonda on Sunday, had made certain objectionable comments against the CM. According to the information from Gonda, the SP workers had started mounting pressure for his arrest.

Gonda police chief RPS Yadav said a circle officer had been deputed to probe charges against Kishore. Minister for secondary education Vinod Kumar Singh alias Pandit Singh and basic education minister Yogesh Pratap Singh condemned the comments and added that legal action would be taken against the BSP MP.

However, local BSP leaders have warned of an agitation if action was taken against Kishore.

On lokayukta’s move against Rajbhar, it may be recalled that Anand Kumar Dwevidi and Ram Araj Verma of Ambedkar Nagar had lodged complaint against him in December 2011.

The lokayukta in his report on March 14, 2013 to the government had confirmed a case of disproportionate assets. The report had also indicated about misuse of power by Rajbhar as a minister. Thereafter, the government looked into the matter and special secretary vigilance Krishna Kumar issued an order on Monday.

The vigilance organisation has been asked to probe 62 properties, including eight which he had purchased before becoming transport minister during previous Mayawati regime, investment into the Ram Awadh Trust by a large number of BPL people and donation by 95 people of which nearly a dozen people have denied giving any money to him.

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